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Please join us! In 2017, we have ambitious and exciting plans to expand our Outreach Programs and reach more people than ever before. As always, we need your help to make this happen.
With over 40 instructors and curriculum developers who are also working actively across the solar industry, this annual training is always an amazing event filled with networking, continuing education, and team building.
SEI takes pride in providing this professional development opportunity for all of our instructors and curriculum developers to come together and have peer led learning sessions about the newest solar energy innovations and best practices. All of this great information helps us shape our training program and pass on the vast amounts of knowledge found within this group of solar energy experts to our students.
Session topics included:
Electroluminescence (EL) Testing of PV Modules – Array Size vs. Battery Size for Off-Grid Systems – NEC Code Updates with Bill Brooks – Guest Speaker John Berdner – Results Using Different IV Curve Tracers – Micro-grid Technologies – and much more!
SEI Engineering and Professional Services provides the foremost technical expertise in solar energy to empower people, grow businesses, and influence the global PV industry through best practices. SEIPS was created to support the non-profit mission of Solar Energy International (SEI) while offering world-class services directly to the solar PV industry. By utilizing our instructor staff of established PV system designers, engineers, and NABCEP Certified Installation Professionals™ you are assured that the foremost expertise in the PV industry will be incorporated into your project.
We would like to share an inspiring story about Bilal Ahmed, SEI alum (years ’10, ’11, ’15). Bilal first came to us when he was a practicing physician in Bismarck, ND. However, his real passion is setting up solar PV powered wells in drought-stricken areas of Pakistan and powering small village schools.
Our team met him in person last March at the Solar Middle East Conference and he was so grateful for all the knowledge that he learned during his seven courses he took with us. We would like to share with you his Facebook page documenting the work that he’s doing. Check it out: https://www.facebook.com/stellargenesys
When we think about the impact that our alumni are having across the world, it gives us all goosebumps. Though we’re not in Pakistan setting up wells or powering schools, our alumni are. And they are doing this work everywhere in the world. With our 55,000+ alumni, we are getting closer everyday to a world powered by renewable energy. Keep up the great work!
Solar Energy International (SEI) has worked since its inception in 1991 to empower people with training in renewable energy. Entering the industry in a country where solar was just getting off the ground, SEI Instructor Karo Fernandez understands the power of passing on knowledge in solar, and the endless opportunity that comes along with access to a new industry.
“SEI has completely changed my perspective on what collaborating means,” Karo said. “It has given me the power to take what I’ve spent years learning and give that to students in just one week.” Growing up in Costa Rica, Karo explained that there was not yet a major presence of solar technology or training in the country. A young trail-blazer, she created her own path into the industry. She discovered PV (photovoltaics) when she was 15 years old, in a magazine. “I read about how people were harnessing energy from the sun,” She recalled. “As a young Latina in Costa Rica, solar was not a thing, I had never seen a solar panel in my life, but after reading this article I was hooked.”
SEI and GRID Alternatives Colorado Team Up to Offer Training for Solar Ready Colorado
SEI and GRID Alternatives Colorado Team Up to Offer Training for Solar Ready Colorado Initiative! More info: www.SolarReadyColorado.org
Throughout the month of March, in partnership with GRID Alternatives Colorado, SEI offered training workshops at the GRID Alternatives Denver facility in support of SEI's Solar Ready Colorado initiative. The purpose of these training events is to expose GRID volunteers to a variety of solar topics and give them a taste of SEI training to put them on the path to career long learning opportunities and continuing education.
The most recent topic was battery-based solar PV systems and counted for 2 hours of educational hours towards NABCEP Associate credentials and full NABCEP Certification for those qualified. 24 trainees attended the most recent session to learn the basics of different battery types as well as different solar configurations utilizing battery storage.
SEI has partnered with GRID Alternatives to provide these training sessions every 3rd Saturday of the month on a variety of topics. Special thanks to SEI instructor Zeke for coming out to run this 2.5 hour training session.
Early indications for 2017 are showing that our hands-on labs for this year are going to fill to capacity as they are already filling fast. Each of our PVOL101 online courses launched in the last few months filled to 100% capactiy with many of these students planing on attending the April 17th PV201L Lab Week session which is also 100% full.
So it goes without saying, if you plan on attending our industry recoginzed training in Paonia, Colorado this year – YOU SHOULD ENROLL NOW!
Work Trade Position Avaiable: Executive Assistant to Johnny Weiss
The Co-Founder of SEI and long-time Executive Director, Johnny Weiss, is seeking an Executive Assistant. Now retired from SEI, Johnny is actively working on special project in support of SEI’s Charitable Programs.
Helping international and local NGO’s, technical experts and individual philanthropists develop a community-based solar microgrid project in the Maasai Village of Terrat, Tanzania East Africa.
Other initiatives under development.
Applicants are encourage to visit www.johnnyweiss-solar.com for additional background information and overview of the past three years of this ongoing charitable work.
For this SEI work-trader position the follow skills will be helpful:
A sincere desire to contribute to charitable solar projects
The ability to work semi-independently and remotely
Good oral and written communication skills
Advanced computer and internet skills
The ability to multi-task and work with a flexible schedule
Notes: This position does not include the opportunity for paid international travel. A willingness to visit Paonia, CO for short intervals. Applicants are required to have a personal face-to-face informal interview with Johnny.
The Colegio of Engineers in Costa Rica (CIEMI), is opening its campus doors for all students interested in beginning their Solar Career with SEI. The training includes a record of completion and offers a special discount for members of CIEMI and CFIA. Not only is this a perfect chance to learn from the very best Spanish speaking instructors in the solar industry, but also a chance to visit Costa Rica's beautiful beaches and landscapes. Looking forward to meeting you there!
SEI Travels to Alaska for Battery-based Solar Training for U.S. Forest Service
What a great training event with the U.S. Forest Service! The students and SEI Instructor, Jay Pozner, tackled questions and challenges of deploying solar PV systems in remote locations.
"Jay dove in with obvious experience and knowledge. The class learned a lot about battery management, the workings of charge controllers and general sizing of battery-based solar PV systems. We also discussed things like troubleshooting and general power hook up configurations to our systems, i.e. breakers, fuses wiring etc. Those were my goals and we met them. Jay was great and the class identified with him and he took the bull by the horns." – Thomas Hall, Supervisor Electronics Technician, U.S. Forrest Service
NEC Training and FREE Lunch – April 7th Join us in Denver Colorado for CE120: PV SYSTEMS AND THE NEC
As the PV industry expands, more training is required to both safely install and inspect solar electric systems. This one-day class for electrical contractors, PV installers, and Code Officials will clearly explain and summarize the intent and application of the National Electrical Code relevant to photovoltaic (PV) solar electric systems. Significant updates to the 2014 and 2017 NEC will be discussed in detail, in addition to ICC requirements for PV systems from the International Fire, Building and Residential Codes.
The Solar Ready Colorado Solar Career Expo at the Solar Power Colorado Conference was a HUGE success! Over 250 registered attendees and over a dozen employers made this event the perfect environment to help Colorado grow our already thriving industry of over 6000 people working in solar.
A big topic of discussion with employers was the importance of training to both land a job, but more importantly the continuing education needed to work your way up in the industry.
SEI Expands Veterans Outreach Efforts
Use Your VA Education Benefits Today!
Solar Energy International (SEI) is pleased to offer comprehensive Veterans Educational Funding and outreach programs for veterans and active duty military personnel. We proudly offer educational opportunities and benefits to military members, their families, and veterans who have honorably served.
SEI is now authorized to offer eligible veterans the ability to use their education benefits towards our in-person classroom and hands-on lab training through SEI’s Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP).
This education funding approval is part of SEI’s broader expansion of their Active Duty Military and Veterans Outreach Program. As an organization, SEI believes in the opportunities that renewable energy can offer our country, such as energy independence and sustainable use of our country’s natural resources. With that in mind, we also honor those who have served our country and who are choosing to follow up their military service with a new kind of service; service in the renewable energy sector.
Register now for The California Solar Power Expo – May 1-2
The California Solar Power Expo is an interactive event designed for solar, smart energy, and storage professionals who are working in and with the California solar market to make powerful business connections. The event will feature exhibitor-led interactive training for installers as well as networking opportunities.
Last year's event was energized starting with opening remarks from the Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the numerous special events, and the sold out exhibit hall. This year's schedule looks to expand on last year's success.